9.20.19 News Briefs

By September 20, 2019

More teachers needed for Academy Sunday School classes; no current child ownership required! (this means you, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, Friends) contact Janice Cooper (jcooper@myfumc.org) to learn how you can help! . . . We had 37 kids at our Third Grade Bible Retreat — and 61 Bibles issued at Third Grade Bible Sunday, including one for a visitor, caligraphied on the spot (Kudos, Children’s Ministries team!) . . . Last Sunday during worship and at the Hymnfest sponsored by UCC, our Choral Union performed a piece composed by former FUMCFW organist Janet Pummil; at the Sunday night performance featuring Dr. Bradley Welch and Choral Union plus the UCC and First Presbyterian Choirs, the piece was performed again, directed by Robert Stovall and received standing ovation . . .if you’d like to see a child piano prodigy in action, go to DiscipleChurch (8:30 am Sunday mornings in Leonard Memorial Chapel) and hear young Andrew Longsworth (grandson of Dr. Bill Longsworth) play for the worship service. Andrew, a 4th grader, not only plays by ear, he is also studying and performing complex masterworks with a balance of passion and peace that Organist Peggy Graff says is far beyond his years. Oh — and beyond his youth, what makes him a “budding prodigy?” He has only played piano for a year! . . . Nominations are still going on for church leadership on Trustees, Church Council, SPRC, Board of Stewards, and The Committee on Finance. Nominations close 9/29, so if you know someone who would make a great leader, be sure to let Rhonda Gaber know (rgaber@myfumc.org)  . . . We’re doing well on our Fall emphasis on welcoming visitors to our church, with overall attendance up 58 over the same three Sundays last year. With an overall goal of increasing attendance by 10% during this 8-week focus, we challenge each member of our church to invite one person to come to church as your guest over the next 6 weeks. . . FUMCFW Pickleball is off to a rollicking good start with 22 players of all levels on our first night of this 8-week pilot program. Don’t know what Pickleball is? Come find out for yourself — it’s easy to learn, great exercise, and lots of good, old-fashioned fun to add some PLAY to your Healthy Plate. Join us Monday nights through November 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to play, to watch, or just to see what it’s all about! Special thanks to the Communications Team: Richard McQuillar, Caroline Petty, Austin Patton, Paul Hughes, and Melinda Smoot — as well as Director of Operations Sandy Williams for getting the courts ready, and for FUMCFW Trustee Carol McQuien for getting the Pickleball rolling!

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